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International Star You Should Know: Aura Garrido

Spanish actress shows off her versatility in local films as well as TV series

IMMEDIATE DIVERSIFICATION
Since breaking through with 2010’s “Plans for Tomorrow,” Aura Garrido has proved chameleonic, moving from the mature-beyond-her-years teen in Juana Macias’ “Plans” to the moping granddaughter in Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo’s Canal Plus Espana original series “Crematorium” to the actress who energizes a film director’s life in Jonas Trueba’s “The Wishful Thinkers.” “An actress’s career involves a large element of luck, and I’ve been lucky enough to be given (a range of) roles,” she says.

BUSY CALL SHEET
The 24-year-old Madrid native has scored plum parts in big Spanish primetime TV dramas, like “Imperium” and “Crematorium.” But she’s also eagerly sought after by Spain’s emerging generation of movie directors, whether for upscale mainstream fare — Javier Ruiz Caldera’s “Ghost Promotion,” a Fox North and Latin America pick-up; and Oriol Paulo’s “The Body,” from “The Orphanage” producer Rodar y Rodar — or arthouse pics such as Trueba’s “Thinkers.”

DESTINY’S CHILD
Her father’s a musician, her mother paints, her aunt, grandmother and uncle sang opera professionally. “From when I was young, I’ve seen stage life close up,” she says.

AWARDS MAGNET
Garrido won supporting actress honors for “Plans” at Spain’s Malaga Festival, the country’s biggest showcase for Spanish films, in 2010, then shared actress honors this year for “Stockholm.”

HAVE TALENT, WILL TRAVEL
“I’d like to make films in other countries, and experience places through my work,” says Garrido, who speaks English thanks to having a half-English best friend growing up.

TESTIMONIAL
“Aura is the best actress of her generation,” director Trueba says. “She stands apart: brilliant, highly gifted, radical, but never complacent.”larger audiences in the process, and films that were otherwise ignored are now reaching viewers.

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